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  • n. Plural form of Pashtun.


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  • As Pashtuns, in other words, the Taliban would probably have resisted to the death even in pre-Islamic times; Islam merely added the incentive of martyrdom in a sacred cause.

    James Fergusson: Religious Reasons For The Taliban Attack On The Intercontinental Hotel

  • It is secular and likes to speak out against the so-called Talibanization of the city, a jab at the Awami National Party, which represents the ethnic Pashtuns from the Taliban heartland in the northwest.

    Karachi Killings: Pakistan's Largest City Reels After 51 Killed In 5 Days

  • Still, the idea of negotiating a final peace agreement with the Pashtuns is probably unlikely. Blog Articles » Print » Is Afghanistan A Place To Economize?

  • The alienation of the Pashtuns is a major factor in the Taliban's success in southern Afghanistan, but it could seriously impair the group's progress in the north.

    Gilles Dorronsoro: Dispatch from Kandahar

  • The Karzai government is at a loss for a working solution, walking a tightrope between their natural solidarity with the Pashtun anti-American fighters (the Pashtuns are the largest of the many ethnic minorities in Pakistan, the Punjabis being the majority ethnic group) and the demand from Washington that they strike down on the rebel areas along the Afghani-Pakistani border.

    Will Democracy Forever Remain an Illusion?

  • The difficulty caused by the absence of any recent history of a unitary state is compounded by the reality that unlike the Sunnis in Iraq, the Pashtuns are the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan.

    James Denselow: Iraq in Afghanistan?

  • As Pierre Sprey, a former Pentagon official, told Bill Moyers last week in a discussion of American strategy for fighting militants along the Afghan-Pakistan border, calling the Pashtuns who live along both sides of the Durand Line “a tribe,” can be misleading.

    Another Attack Near the Khyber Pass - The Lede Blog -

  • The Pashtuns are a tribe that he happens to be a part of and they cover the ground between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and in his mind have also have been affected badly by these cross-border raids.

    CNN Transcript Jun 16, 2008

  • The Taliban is made up predominantly of Pashtuns, which is an ethnic group which makes up about half the Afghan population but excludes other important ethnic groupings, for instance, the Tajiks, Hazars and Uzbeks, who are to be found in the Northern Alliance that is battling the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2001

  • The Pashtuns are the people in Afghanistan who make up the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Oct 8, 2001


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